Did you know? “An estimated 1,450 Canadian women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2022. An estimated 380 will die from it” ¹.
A Pap test (also called Pap smear or cervical smear) can help prevent cervical cancer. A pap test is a screening test used to detect abnormal cells in the cervix that could lead to cervical cancer later in life. Cervical cancer is almost 100% preventable with regular pap tests for anyone with a cervix* ages 25-69 who are or have ever been sexually active.
In Ontario, it is recommended that anyone with a cervix between the ages of 25-69 have regular pap tests every 3 years² (unless advised otherwise by a medical professional). A pap test only takes a few minutes and is covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).
We are now offering a limited number of Pap clinics at the Southlake Academic Family Health Team (SAFHT). Due to scheduling, these appointments are intended for the PAP TEST ONLY (i.e. no other medical issues or concerns can be addressed during this appointment). All pap appointments will be completed by a healthcare professional who is highly skilled at performing these screening tests.
For patients who are registered for online booking, please book your appointment through the Pomelo Patient Portal by clicking the button below. Select “In-Office - Pap Test” and then select an available date and time. If you are not registered for online booking, please call the office during regular office hours at 905-853-3103 and speak to one of our administrative staff to book your appointment.
As we continue to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, patients will be reminded to complete screening prior to their appointment. Patients are also required to wear a mask and sanitize their hands for the Pap test appointment at our office.
These Pap clinics will be held at 581 Davis Drive, Suite 201, Newmarket, Ontario.
For more information about the Pap test and cervical cancer, click here.
We appreciate the opportunity to work with you to prevent illnesses and enhance your health.
Thank-you in advance for your participation,
The Southlake Academic Family Health Team
¹ "Cervical Cancer Statistics" - Canadian Cancer Society
² “When to Get Screened” - Cancer Care Ontario
“Cervical Screening at Age 25” - Cancer Care Ontario
*These guidelines apply to anyone with a cervix including: women; pregnant people; transmasculine; non-binary people; people who have undergone a subtotal hysterectomy; and people who have been vaccinated with the HPV vaccine.